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Jazz lovers may already know about the magazine Downbeat, but others with a developing interest in the current landscape of jazz music and jazz musicians may want to take a look at this site. As might be expected, the actual magazine is not available for free on the site, but there is enough free content here to warrant several visits. For the neophyte who may be looking to learn more about the history of the genre, the "Jazz 101" section offers a brief overview of its history, ranging from the early days of Dixieland all the way to the contemporary sound of people like Benny Green and Marcus Printup. Other free content includes an artist guide, where visitors can enter the names of musicians they would like to learn about, and brief reviews of recent recordings. The archives section is quite nice, as it contains classic articles on such topics as the hard times of Chet Baker in the 1960s and the famous "Blindfold Tests". These "tests" featured jazz musicians attempting to correctly identify a wide range of recordings by fellow performers, and the ones on this site include Downbeat's efforts to stump Elvin Jones, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Wes Montgomery.
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